The district Raipur occupies the south eastern part of the upper Mahanadi valley and the bordering hills in the south and the east. Thus, the district is divided into two major physical divisions, Viz., the Chhattisgarh plain and the Hilly Areas.
Mahanadi is the main river of this district. Its tributaries being Sendur, Pairy, Sondur, Joan, Kharun and Shivnath. The fertility of lands of Raipur district can be attributed to the presence of these rivers. Mahanadi originating in the hills of Sihava flows in the direction of East into the Bay of Bengal.
Mahanadi crosses the district diagonally from its south western corner to Northern boundaries. The area to the west of the river comprising the North Eastern part of Dhamtari (now separated from the Raipur District), the whole of Raipur, Rajim Tehsil and the western part of Baloda Bazar Tehsil is a part of the open Chhattisgarh plain, gently sloping, thickly populated and closely cultivated and almost devoid of forests.
Raipur District is situated in the fertile plains of Chhattisgarh Region. This District is situated between 22° 33' N to 21° 14' N Latitude and 82° 6' to 81° 38' E Longtitude. The District is surrounded by District Bilaspur in North, District Bastar and part of Orissa state in South, District Raigarh and part of Orissa state in East and district Durg in West.
HOW TO REACH
You can easily get regular flights to Raipur from other major cities of the country.
Airport(s): raipur airport (RPR)
There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Raipur.
Raipur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
Bus Station(s): raipur , raipur
Doodhadhari Monastery and Temple
The monastery and the temple is located in the southern part of Raipur city on the banks of an ancient river called Maharajbandh. This ancient temple dedicate to Lord Rama, was built in the mid of 17th century by King Jaitsingh. The temple has beautiful murals. The monastery was named after Swami Balbhadra Das who only had 'Doodh' (milk) as his food. Burials of the former Mahants can also be seen here.
Mahamaya temple is located in Raipur's old fort area near Maharajbandh temple. This temple originally belonging to the Kalchuri era has been renovated later. Nearby is the Samleswari temple dedicated to Goddess Samlai.
Hatkeswar Mahadev temple and Mahadev Ghat
The Mahadev ghat is located 5 kms from Raipur on the banks of river Kharun. The temple was built in 1402, by Hajiraj Naik during the rule of Bramhdeo Rai, son of the Kalchuri king Ramachandra. Brahmdeo Rai's monumental script in Sanskrit is still preserved at the Mahant Ghasidas memorial museum.
In Mathpurena situated at one end of Raipur, a four handed sculpture of Lord Bramha belonging to the 8th century believed to be of Som dynasty has been found.